(Cochrane, AB) – To support the needs of the community today and into the future, Cochrane is launching an advocacy campaign focused on our key community needs, including roadways, infrastructure and water licensing. And as part of building a complete community, Cochrane is also prioritizing efforts on Provincial responsibilities including education, health care and EMS.
The importance of strategic intergovernmental relations and advocacy efforts has become increasingly important to Cochrane. Efforts in partnering with the Government of Alberta have brought several key successes in recent years including the Provincial investment in Highway 1A project, as well as the $100M Provincial Highway 1A/22 interchange project. Meeting the needs of a growing community requires an investment in strategic partnerships with the Province.
“Cochrane continues to experience record population growth,” said Mayor Genung. “With extreme growth, comes extreme pressures on our community and it is important we leverage the meaningful relationships fostered with provincial decision makers to ensure we have the adequate resources available to address our unique needs.”
Partnering with the community in sharing our message is an important consideration in this campaign. Cochrane residents have a vested interest in the long-term sustainability of Cochrane and can play a key role in voicing the needs of the community. The campaign aims to inform residents of recent accomplishments – appreciating the investments and commitments the Province has already made to support Cochrane – as well as clarify the responsibilities of the municipality and the roles of the Province.
“Our goal with this campaign is to ensure the advocacy priorities are understood by staff, residents, government officials and other key audiences,” said Lisa Almond, Director of Organizational Strategy and Culture, Cochrane. “Through this campaign, we are hopeful that residents understand the needs of our community, feel empowered and prepared to share and advocate on behalf of Cochrane, and most importantly are proud to be part of our community.”
Council and Administration encourage all residents to find out more and get involved. For more information on the advocacy campaign, visit Cochrane.ca/yourvoice.